By Paul Homewood
Apparently there’s going to be some yellow snow next week!!
But what did the winter just gone look like weather wise?
Let’s start with mean temperatures.
Overall it was an unremarkable winter, just 0.1C above the 30-year average, which itself is only 0.6C higher than it was in the 1930s. This winter was 33rd warmest since 1884, in a tie with 1898/8, 1912/13 and 1936/7.
Apart from the exceptionally mild winter of 2015/16, no winter in the past decade has been warmer than earlier winters such as 1974/5 and 1988/9.
In short we have been having relatively mild winters lately because of weather, not climate change.
Our winters are said to be getting wetter, but the last two years have bucked the trend:
While winter rainfall has been slowly trending up since the 1970s, long term averages are barely higher now than in the years up to 1940.
Again, it is noticeable that, with the exception of the exceptionally wet winter of 2013/14, other recent wet winters, such as 2019/20 and 2020/21 have not been unusually wet by historical standards.
The data tells us that the English climate is changing much less than we have been told.